Pettersson Leads as Play Suspended Again

By Sports NetworkJune 3, 2006, 4:00 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Carl Pettersson stands at 11-under par through 15 holes as Saturday's third-round play at The Memorial Tournament was suspended for the day by inclement weather.
The second round was completed earlier Saturday after weather problems Thursday and Friday delayed the event. The third round will resume at 7:00 a.m. (ET) Sunday with the final round to follow.
Woody Austin and Zach Johnson are one stroke behind Pettersson at minus-10. Austin is looking at a 27-foot birdie putt at the last when he returns to the course on Sunday, while Johnson will be on the tee at the par-4 17th.
Masters champion and world No. 2 Phil Mickelson had climbed into a tie for the lead, but fell back to minus-8 through 17 holes. He shares fourth place with Adam Scott, who is through 15 holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Pettersson, who is playing alongside Scott and Sean O'Hair, opened with a solid up-and-down par on one. Meanwhile, his playing partners both made lengthy birdie putts to forge a three-way tie for the lead at minus-8.
The Swede drained a 16-foot birdie putt on three to move one clear. However, he missed a 7-foot par putt on four to fall back to minus-8 and a tie for the lead with Scott.
Mickelson opened with four pars before a birdie at the fifth got him to minus-6. The two-time Masters winner then drained a 52-foot eagle putt on the par-5 seventh to join Pettersson and Scott at 8 under. Scott fell off the pace with a double bogey on five and a bogey on six.
Pettersson responded with a two-putt birdie on seven to regain the top spot. Mickelson fell two back as he bogeyed the eighth after missing the green short.
The 28-year-old Pettersson moved three clear of the field with a 5-foot birdie putt on the 10th. He parred his next two holes as he was caught atop the leaderboard.
Austin had birdied the fourth, eighth and 13th to get to 7 under. He got within one of Pettersson's lead with an eagle on 15. Austin then birdied the 17th to briefly join Pettersson in the lead. Austin's approach at the last stopped 27 feet from the hole, but play was called for the night before he could hit the putt.
Johnson was 2-over par through six holes with a birdie and three bogeys. He birdied the seventh and eighth to turn at 6 under. Johnson then reeled off four consecutive birdies from the 12th to join Austin and Pettersson in the lead at 10 under.
Pettersson, the 2005 Chrysler Championship winner, responded to the pressure with an up-and-down birdie on the 15th to move to 11 under. Shortly thereafter, play was stopped for the night.
Mickelson, after his bogey on eight, birdied the 10th to again grab a piece of the lead at 8 under. However, he found water with his third shot at the par-5 11th.
That led to a double bogey that dropped him to 6 under. Mickelson birdied 13, but tripped to another bogey on 14. The three-time major champion posted back-to-back birdies from the 15th to get back to minus-8.
Rod Pampling (66) and Trevor Immelman (69) share the clubhouse lead at 5- under-par 211. They stand alongside Brandt Jobe and Brett Wetterich, who have both completed 16 holes.
Vaughn Taylor and Robert Gamez are at minus-4 through three rounds. Tim Clark (16 holes) and O'Hair (15 holes) are also at 4 under par.
O'Hair fell off the pace after his early birdie due to bogeys on two and five. He double-bogeyed six, but got one stroke back with a birdie on seven. From there, he carded three birdies and three bogeys before play was stopped.
Jay Haas, who claimed his first major title last week at the Senior PGA Championship, stands at 1-under-par 215. He made the cut for the 590th time in his career, which tied Tim Kite for the all-time record.
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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

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    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

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    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

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    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

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    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

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